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Dawson mayor in trouble again

October 20, 2002

Dawson- Robert Albritten is in trouble again, and just weeks before voters decide if he will continue to be the Dawson mayor.

Albritten already faces a 28 count indictment in Dougherty County. He is charged with 19 counts of insurance fraud and nine counts of forgery for fraudulently taking out life insurance policies on the sick and elderly and collecting the money when they died.

Last night, Albritten caused an accident that sent Carolyn Griggs, of Dawson, to the hospital with minor injuries. When police responded to the wreck, they found damage to Griggs' Mitsubishi, Albritten's company van, and a mayor who had alcohol in his system.

His intoxilyzer test read .16, which is twice the legal limit. Dawson police arrested Albritten and charged him with following too closely and DUI. He was bonded out and is set to go before a judge December second.

When we called his house this morning and asked him if he was in an accident, he said "not to my knowledge."

For now Robert Albritten continues to hold his seat as the mayor of Dawson and in two weeks he will know if he'll serve another term.

Albritten could go to trial for the fraud and forgery charges before the end of the year.

Posted at 5:50 PM by elaine.armstrong@walb.com